Edith R. Dixon’s Schoodic remained unbeaten over fences when he powered to a 1 1/2-length victory in the $25,000 Dogwood Classic allowance hurdle, the featured race of the second annual Dogwood Classic meet at Colonial Downs in Virginia on Saturday
In the afternoon’s other steeplechase action, Irvin S. Naylor’s For Non Stop was unstoppable in the $25,000 Sandhills Cup at the Stoneybrook Steeplechase in Raeford, N.C., and won by 27 1/2 lengths over Betsy Mead’s Forgotten Man.
In the 2 1/4-mile Dogwood Classic, reigning champion jockey Paddy Young kept Schoodic at the back of the field as Virginia Friendship Farm’s Cognashene set the early pace under Jacob Roberts. Frances Hill Myers’ Rudyard K made a middle move toward the lead but then dropped back again.
Young put Schoodic to work on the turn, and jumped to the lead in the stretch. Rudyard K under Richard Boucher made a late move to finish second, and Cognashene finished third. Trained by Jack Fisher, Schoodic ran the Dogwood Classic distance in 4:15.60 on firm turf.
Schoodic won last year’s three-year-old championship with victories in the Gladstone Stakes at Far Hills, N.J., and the Raymond G. Woolfe Memorial at the Colonial Cup meet in Camden. His workmanlike victory in the Dogwood Classic marks him as a horse to watch in this year’s novice competition.
The day’s fourth race at Colonial, a $20,000 opener claimer was taken by Why Not Racing’s Class Booper, trained in Camden by Lilith Boucher and ridden to victory by her husband, Richard Boucher.
For Non Stop’s runaway victory in the Sandhills Cup also marks him as a horse to watch in the open ranks. Kieran Norris, taking over for the injured Roddy Mackenzie, guided For Non Stop to the easy win. Trained by Cyril Murphy, the veteran Irish-bred gelding ran the Sandhills Cup’s 2 3/8 miles in 4:28.60 on firm turf.
The Sandhills Cup had a healthy dose of Camden flavor to it as Odi Et Amo, trained by Camden’s Allison Fulmer, carried Danielle Hodsdon to a half-length victory in the $10,000 Stoneybrook Chase, a maiden claiming hurdle. Stephen’s Revenge, trained by Camden’s Kate Dalton who had her husband, Bernie Dalton, up, was second with Complete Dyno, trained in Camden by Lilith Boucher, third.
One race later, in the $10,000 Century Link Hurdle, Camden trainer Arch Kingsley gave Camden’s Bernie Dalton a leg up for EZ Mac’s 2 ¼-length win over Mr. Lickety with Camden resident Willie McCarthy in the irons for Boucher. Coming in third was General Partner, who is trained by Camden’s Dave Washer.
Bernie Dalton finished the afternoon by winning on the flat aboard Great Siege for Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard. Dalton finished the day with two wins, a second and a third while McCarthy, who came into the event as the leading rider in the National Steeplechase Association after the first two stops of the 2014 campaign, had four seconds to show for his time in the saddle.